The Winter Solstice marks the time in the Northern hemisphere when the Earth’s poles are at the maximum tilt away from the Sun. This date marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. Nights will become shorter from this date onward so enjoy the darkness tonight when it is at its most potent and lengthy for the entire year.
Tonight, December 5th, is Krampus night, the night when the half-goat and half-demon Krampus arrives to punish naughty boys & girls. The punishment ranges from spankings with a switch made of hard reeds to kidnappings in which Krampus stuffs the children in his sack to take them away forever. There are odd shadows in the pic below and almost seem to show Krampus descending on my little town.